David Henderson

David AG Henderson, PhD

Research Fellow

Highlands, Scotland

About Me

I am a research fellow based at Edinburgh Napier University and affiliated to the Scottish Centre for Administrative Data Research. I use R to wrangle and analyse large administrative datasets to help inform policy and practice in health and social care. My background is in clinical nursing having worked in Acute Medical Admissions and Medical High Dependency at Raigmore Hospital in Inverness. I also worked part-time at NHS24 as a Nurse Practitioner during my PhD studies.


Research Fellow
March 2019 - Present · Edinburgh Napier University/ Scottish Centre for Administrative Data Research (SCADR)
My research investigates interactions between health and social care using a large linked administrative data cohort containing over 1.1million individuals over the age of 65 in Scotland. The dataset includes information on demographics, prescribed medicines, unscheduled health care use, and any records identified in the Scottish Government collected Social Care Survey.
Research Associate
Nov 2018 - Feb 2019 · Urban Big Data Centre, University of Glasgow
Nurse Practitioner
June 2015 - October 2018 · NHS24
Staff Nurse
June 2011 - June 2015 · NHS Highland
Acute Medical Admissions & Medical High Dependency
Staff Nurse
April 2010 - June 2011 · NHS Highland
Cardiology step-down and General Medical
Healthcare assistant
January 2008 - April 2010 · NHS Highland
Nurse Bank
Assistant Director & Locations Scout
July 2003 - September 2006 · Self-employed
Worked for many media companies including BBC and ITV on a variety of broadcast programming including dramas such as Monarch of the Glen and River City as well as live productions such as BBC Scotland's live Hogmany show.
Lance Corporal
Nov 1995 - October 2002 · HM Forces
Infantry solder in 1st Battalion the Highlanders (Seaforth, Gordons & Camerons). Main duties as a drummer in the regiment's Pipe's and Drums and as a platoon signaller in the machine gun (GPMG/SF) platoon


PhD. in Urban Studies
2015 - 2019 · College of Social Sciences, University of Glasgow
Thesis: Multimorbidity and social care: exploiting emerging administrative datasets in Scotland
MRes in Health research
2013 - 2015 · University of Stirling
PGCert in Advanced Practice
2012 - 2013 · University of Dundee
BSc in Nursing
2006 - 2009 · University of Stirling


Journal Articles

Submitted. Stewart W Mercer, Carey J Lunan, Clare MacRae, David AG Henderson, Bridie Fitzpatrick, John Gillies, Bruce Guthrie, Johanna Reilly. Half a century of the inverse care law: a comparison of general practitioner job satisfaction and patient satisfaction in deprived and affluent areas of Scotland at national level. Annals of Family Medicine.

In Press. Clare MacRae, Stewart W Mercer, Bruce Guthrie, David AG Henderson. Prevalence of comorbidity in chronic kidney disease: a large cross-sectional study. British Journal of General Practice.

2020. David AG Henderson, Iain Atherton, Colin McCowan, Stewart W Mercer, Nick Bailey. Linkage of national health and social care data: a cross-sectional study of multimorbidity and social care use in people aged over 65 years in Scotland. Age and Ageing. afaa134.

2020. David Bell, David AG Henderson, Elizabeth Lemmon, Mirko Moro. Deaths in Scottish Care Homes and COVID-19. International Long-Term Care Policy Network, CPEC-LSE.

2020. David Bell, Adelina Comas-Herrera, David AG Henderson, Siôn Jones, Elizabeth Lemmon, Mirko Moro, Siobhán Murphy, Dermot O'Reilly, Pietro Patrignani. COVID-19 mortality and long-term care: a UK comparison. International Long-Term Care Policy Network, CPEC-LSE.

2020. Lucy Johnston, David AG Henderson, Jo Hockley, Susan D Shenkin. The development od a Care Home platform in Scotland: Insights from the Care Home Innovation Partnership, Lothian. medRxiv (PREPRINT).

2019. David AG Henderson, Jennifer K Burton, Ellen Lynch, Julie Rintoul, Dave Clark, Nick Bailey. Data Resource Profile The Scottish Social Care Survey (SCS) and the Scottish Care Home Census (SCHC). International Journal of Population Data Science. 4 (1).


2019. David AG Henderson, Iain Atherton, Nick Bailey, Colin McCowan, Stewart Mercer. Association between receipt of social care and multimorbidity: evidence from a population-sized cohort in Scotland. International Journal of Population Data Science. 4 (3).

2018. David AG Henderson, Nick Bailey, Colin McCowan, Stewart Mercer. Multimorbidity and access to social Care: exploiting emerging administrative data sources in Scotland. International Journal of Population Data Science. 3 (4).

2018. David AG Henderson, Nick Bailey, Colin McCowan, Stewart Mercer. Validation of the Scottish Social Care Survey using data from Renfrewshire Council. International Journal of Population Data Science. 3 (2).


My blog. When I have time to play about with different viz or analysis I try and write it up here
COVID-19 mortality and long-term care: a UK comparison
Website associated with the above paper showing code for measures and plots used in the report
PhD Thesis
Link to GitHub repo showing the RMarkdown files I used to write my thesis.
IPDLN hackathon
Code and output from a hackathon held at the International Population Data Linkage Conference held in Banff, Canada in Sept 2018.
Scottish Local Authority Shapefile in R
Simple code to create a shapefile for plotting in R ggplot2. Raw code for this and all my other projects can be found by clicking the GitHub link on the main title of this page


Administrative Data Linkage project management
R, RMarkdown
Working in Safe Haven environments


  • Pipe band drumming
  • Golf
  • Walking
  • Reading